Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just Beause He's So Darn Cute...

Nothing melts a heart faster than sweet pictures of an adorable little babe. Enjoy!


 Play time with mommy...


 Kicky feet...


 Shaking his spider star toy...


 Tummy time. He's so strong!


 Introducing 'Droolio'...


 Still loves the swing (thank goodness!)...


 Hangin' out on the couch, wathin' TV...


 Santa's little helper...


 Making 'snow angels' on the bed...


 Ah... adorable! :)


Balian at 10 weeks!

More later on in the week!
Xxxxx...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Babies and Cashmere Just Don't Mix...

Hello world! All is well in the Witt house this afternoon. My plans for shopping with mom got scrapped, so I come to you now fully relaxed, because Balian is sleeping and I have a hot cup o' Joe at my left hand. Sacha is at the church, practicing- partly for his Christmas Eve solo and partly for his upcoming audition. The house is quiet, and my ears are still ringing (a happy ringing), and my heart is still soaring from not one, but two most excellent services of Lessons and Carols at St. John's this morning. Oh, how glorious the sound- voices raised and joined together singing favorites such as Mary Did You Know?, Emmanuel, Let Us Adore, Lift Up Your Face, and of course... the lovely Christmas anthem This Child written by yours truly and her talented daddy. No- we have yet to record it, but I have a haunting feeling that a Christmas album may be in the works! I have people asking me often if we're planning on recording another album, and the answer is most definitely YES! The hang up is usually the money issue- the first album we recorded cost nearly $10,000.00 to produce. I know- yikes, right!? Best money we've ever spent- and many of you contributed to our cause, which really means that you contributed to the cause of Christ Jesus- to sharing His story with the world through our ministry, and we still can't thank you enough for that. Honestly, if I had my way (and what I really feel is God's will), we'd be sharing our music in new places each and every week. Hopefully, we will begin to be able to do this again soon. If you're ever interested in having us share a time of worship at your church, please let me know- we'd just be overjoyed to worship with you. I've gotten a bit off base here- back to Lessons and Carols... The traditional service was so, so beautiful! The Chancel Choir was just magnificent, and the soloists and instrumentalists were, too! The Men's Chorus was just lovely, as they always are- Sacha, his grandpa Willi and my dad all sing in that group. The Women's Ensemble sang for the first time this season. I am pleased to be a part of this wonderful group of women of all ages. We sang a stunning arrangement of Breath of Heaven, on which I had a solo. I so love that song, and just as my dad said when he asked me to sing it, it has a whole different meaning to me, now that I am a mother and really can imagine myself in Mary's shoes. After today's worship, we headed to Sacha's grandparents' house for lunch... Balian cried and played and then conked out- he had a BIG day at church. He will soon have an even bigger day, as he is to be baptized on January 9th- the day we celebrate the baptism of our Lord. What a special day that will be! We are looking forward to sharing that day with family and friends... but we have to get through the rest of this week before I can think about that!

 We had a pretty eventful weekend. Rachel (Sacha's sister) graduated from nursing school on Friday! We are so proud of her! We went to her graduation ceremony on Friday night, and then went back to Gretchen's house for a fun party. Everyone wanted to hold Balian, so Sacha and I got to do something we hadn't done in forever... play bartender! That was fun... brought back fun college memories and thoughts of friends. Oh- and momma (meaning me) got to have a cocktail! Champagne cosmopolitan anyone? Oh! And how could I forget to mention that Balian had his very first meeting with his Great Grandaddy Ted and Great Nana Velma Witt on Friday afternoon. It was so sweet to watch him with Ted and Velma... and I know they enjoyed the time they got to spend with him, and with us. We spent our Saturday Christmas shopping, and wrapping presents later that afternoon. It was so nice to have Sacha home with me and Balian ALL DAY! This is a rarity on a Saturday anymore- he's usually working. Balian had a nice long nap, and we cooked dinner together and just had a very nice, relaxing evening at home... oh, we watched Sherlock Holmes- not one of my faves, but I was trying to be a good wifey and oblige my husband. If we hadn't watched that one, he would have wanted to watch Twilight!

That's about it for this wrap-up. This coming week will  be very busy, as we ready ourselves for Christmas Eve, and also prepare for Christmas Day. We have a little shopping left to do, much baking do to, and we still have to practice our musical offerings... and have I mentioned the 10 week old baby who happened upon us and now lives with us? Every day is an adventure, and we wouldn't have it any other way! Hope you all have a wonderful week. I leave you with a few new pictures to look through & pass the time.

Xxxxx..... O


 All dressed up in his puppy suit...


 Ready to head out with mommy...


 Hangin' out with mommy...



 Loves to suck on that fist!


 Ready to go in his Christmas choo-choo outfit from Grammy Leslie...


 Cuddle time with daddy- AKA- Balian's personal body pillow


 Balian and daddy by the tree...


 Balian loves to look at our nativity scene...


 Balian's favorite 'GQ pose.'


Happy baby after bath time...


OH- and this blog is titled what it is because I am wearing my lovely cashmere turtleneck sweater that Sacha got me for Christmas last year, and of course- Balian spit up all over it this afternoon. It was inevitable, and the cleanliness was nice while it lasted at church this morning. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two Months...

I know that none of you are particularly surprised that it has been (yet again) an extremely long time since I last updated you on how we're doing at the Witt house. Forgive me. I didn't even check to see the date of my last blog post, so I have no idea where we left off. Here's a brief update and a few pictures for your enjoyment...



Today, Balian is two months old. It's absolutely amazing how much he has grown and changed in just two short months. Even more amazing is how fast the time really does fly by. All parents warn new parents to be prepared for the time passing quickly, and they are right to do so. Balian quickly outgrew his newborn clothes and diapers about a month ago. Some of his 0-3 month clothes are already too small for him, also... it's because he is so long! So long in fact, that he has another week- maybe two tops in his bassinet, and then he will truly be too long to sleep in it anymore! That's not a bad thing, mind you, but I will be sad when he is no longer sleeping just a few feet away from me in the very same room. Luckily, there is only just a connecting bathroom in between our bedroom and his nursery. 



Of course, I believe Balian to be the smartest baby in the world. Most people comment on how he's been able to hold his head up for such a long period of time unassisted... he's really been doing this since the very early weeks... he doesn't need our help with this anymore. He wants to be mobile in the worst way! As soon as he figures out how to crawl, watch out world... he'll truly be on the move! He can push himself up, and hold his head up when placed on his tummy. He can almost roll over without any help, and he LOVES to be able to sit up and see what's going on in the world around him. A couple of days ago, he grabbed onto a soft rattle toy, and shook it, and played with it all on his own! That was honestly my proudest moment in life to date. Today, he grabbed the same toy with both hands and picked it up! He loves to play with his toys- his favorites being 'blue puppy' and the 'spider star.' We believe him to be over his colicky-ness, thank heavens, and he is sleeping for 4-5 hour stretches at night! Hallelujah! Sacha and I wake up and are WIDE AWAKE before 7 am now! B gets really cuddly for his early morning feeding... some time between 5:30 and 6:30 am, and then I stick him in the bed between me and Sacha, and we cuddle... sometimes falling back asleep. No worries- I make sure the blankets are pulled back and I toss my pillows aside, so we're not risking anything happening to him. B loves his swing- and some days, it's my only hope for a moment of sanity. He's happiest when he has a full tummy, a clean diaper, and a smiling mommy or daddy to gaze upon. For some reason, he is partial to Lady Gaga's 'Just Dance,' and the 'Twist and Shout' song... probably because his mommy wiggles around, dancing like a fool just to get a laugh out of him. Hey... it works! :)



We are so excited for Balian's first Christmas. He has a lot of little Christmas outfits he's been given, and some we have bought for him, too. I have already done a little Christmas shopping for him... and even though we know that he cannot open presents on his own on Christmas morning, it will be so much fun to help him and watch him. We have our house all decked for Christmas, and he loves looking at the lights on the Christmas tree. We have our nativity sets out, and once a day, we stop in front of the big one to look at everyone, and I try my best to point out who's who and tell him the story of Jesus' birth. In my opinion, it's never too early to start telling children about Jesus and His love!



We're busy these days around St. John's... lot's of Christmas music is being prepared and shared. Sacha is involved in the Men's Chorus Christmas Concert tomorrow afternoon at the church. Tomorrow morning, he is playing for two church services at a church in Charlotte. Next Sunday is our annual service of Lessons and Carols at St. John's- both traditional and contemporary... Sacha and I are both involved in both services. The next big thing will be preparing out musical offerings for Christmas Eve. Sacha's youth brass ensemble will be playing an arrangement that he composed, Sacha will play an organ/trombone duet with my dad, and I will be offering a solo. How we're going to work all of this out with Balian being there has yet to be decided. Sacha is also hard at work practicing for an audition with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, which will take place at the end of January. Don't worry... it's just an audition... so don't make any farewell plans for us just yet, but at the same time, please keep Sacha in prayer, because a job with a symphony is his dream.

That's just about all the news we have to share for now. There isn't a lot of free time to be had in our house, as you can imagine, so if I don't get to post again before Christmas, our family wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL, A GOOD NIGHT!